Agricultural production slightly fell but remained strong unlike other sectors like tourism, hospitality, transport and education, some of which almost came to a halt.
According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, agriculture, which is the source of livelihood to two-thirds of Ugandans, contributed 23.7% in the financial year 2020/2021, compared to 23.9% in the previous year.
According to Amos Lugoloobi, agro-industrialization will be achieved through different strategic actions including developing Commodity Value Chains linking national, regional, district and sub-county level commodity off-takers to private nucleus farmers.
Jomo Mugabe, a farmer from Nyakayojo Division in Mbarara district says the price of a bunch of Matooke at the plantation has fallen to 4000 Shillings down from 15,000 Shillings. He says that most of the food from his plantation was transported to markets in the urban centres, which at the moment are no longer taking as many supplies as was the case before the lockdown.
The disease affects the colour of the banana fingers and bunches from green to brown or black, according to one of the affected farmers Nestori Aturinda. He says that the disease eventually results in premature ripening and shrinking of the banana’s, yet even when cooked, they remain hard and inedible.